Rabbi Susan WarshawRabbi Susan Warshaw

Once meeting Rabbi Susan Warshaw, it would be difficult to believe that she hasn't always been a spiritual leader. Her concern for people is reflected in her services, where her knowledge, warmth and friendliness are appreciated by the congregation.

After having filled in once a month for interim Rabbi Reena Spicehandler, Rabbi Warshaw applied and was enthusiastically accepted as full-time rabbi of Temple Bat Yam, where she began her new career in July 2008.

Before coming to the Eastern Shore, Rabbi Warshaw served as Rabbi/ Education Director of Temple Micah in Washington, D.C. She will also serve as Education Director at Temple Bat Yam.

Married and the mother of two grown children, the Montana native decided to give up a successful career as a concert pianist and teacher to follow her desire to become a rabbi. With their full support, she left her Virginia home and spent a year studying at the Hebrew Union College's Jewish Institute of Religion in Jerusalem, Israel. She then returned to finish her studies in the United States. She received her Master of Arts in Hebrew Letters in 2005 at Hebrew Union College's Jewish Institute of Religion in Los Angeles and was ordained in May 2007.

Rabbi Warshaw has served as a student chaplain at UCLA hospitals, counseled cancer and hospice patients and is a certified premarital and marital counselor.

Passionate about Judaism, Rabbi Warshaw's goal is to personally meet with all the members of the congregation and learn what issues are important to them, to develop an outstanding religious school, and to interact with the community at large.